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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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MAZURE, R.-A.  and  SENPE. Grupo de trabajo OBESMINVA et al. Intragastric balloon in obesity treatment. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.2, pp.138-143. ISSN 1699-5198.

Obesity is considered a chronic and epidemic illness, hece difficult to treat. As conservative treatment has a high rate of failure, and considering morbimortality and sequels of surgery, less invasive techniques appeared to contributeto the treatment of this illness. The most implanted technique nowadays is the Intragastric Balloon, considered more efficient as conservative treat ments and with less risks tan surgery, but having today a lack of consensus on indications and few information on his limitations, while its apparition in medias promote an important expansion in the 4 last years. In this publication, we do a critical revision, and describe limitations of this treatment, based on the evidences given by literature. We conclude this revision with some recommendations concerning the technique and indications, material and human requiring, need of a Multidisciplinary Team, as well as an adequate control and following.

Keywords : Intragastric balloon; Obesity; Multidisciplinary team.

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